Two children in Preah Sihanouk’s Prey Nop district drowned on Saturday after trying to swim unsupervised in a large, water-filled hole a few kilometres from their village, police said yesterday.
The victims, a boy and a girl aged 8 and 10, respectively, were on their own because their mothers were busy working shifts at a nearby garment factory. Neighbours told police that they had seen the kids, who were supposedly looking to take a dip, wander off toward the ditch.
“They wanted to take a bath, but they were not aware of how deep the pool was,” Prey Nop deputy police chief Khem Sophal said, adding it was rare for children in the area to play near the hole.
Sophal said that on the day of the incident, neighbours informed the victims’ parents that the children had gone to play in the ditch. When they arrived at the location – a field about 2 kilometres away from their village – the children had already drowned.
“[These people] are poor, and so their children are left without being cared for,” Sophal said.